Marbled Gecko Christinus marmoratus

Lizards of Victoria series

Identification

The Marbled Gecko, Christinus marmoratus, can be distinguished by its large finger and toe pads and flat body, often with orange coloured specks on the tail. It has a snout vent length of up to 70 mm.

Marbled Gecko, Christinus marmoratus

Marbled Gecko
Source: Michael Kearney

Distribution and habitat

The Marbled Gecko is widely distributed throughout western and northern Victoria. It is common in Melbourne, but may have moved here after white settlement due to the transport of granite rocks from its natural habitats. It is an arboreal species and hides under the bark of trees, fallen timber or logs during the day.

Biology

Marbled Geckos mate in late summer to early autumn. The females retain sperm until fertilisation, which occurs in the late spring to early summer. They produce one clutch annually, containing two eggs.

Further Reading

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books.

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.

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katie 24 March, 2010 14:43
good pic
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rebekkah 20 August, 2012 15:26
thats a good coment katie \
Lindsay 28 May, 2010 16:40
A marbled gecko has taken up residence in our letter box in suburban Melbourne and enjoys chewing our mail.
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Alex Smart 16 July, 2010 18:55
I am delighted that a family lives in my garden
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jess 3256497 4 August, 2010 10:43
cooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NYAH 10 August, 2010 12:22
marbled gecko is like wicked
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Phillip 15 August, 2010 17:03
we have a whole family of mabled geckos in our wood shed. :)
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callum 20 September, 2010 18:01
I has a pet marbled gecko and i love her! she may lay eggs!
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cool dude 4 11 December, 2010 17:21
we have a batch of eggs we hope the hatch
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Moot 21 December, 2010 20:15
My partner just found one in the car port in eltham! awesome
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Chuck :) 9 January, 2011 20:34
i had one pre awesome lil thingg :) but it kinda left :\
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Peter 7 March, 2011 21:22
we have a family that come out at night near the windows (four adults)
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Les 8 April, 2011 08:32
Surprised to see what appears to be a Marbled Gecko inside unit in Mentone. I always thought Geckos were a tropical reptile but then I'm only in my 50's
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Les Harris 9 April, 2011 10:58
I saw a dark chocolate gecko in suburban Werribee recently, a colour that I haven't seen before in any mainland gecko. It had a lighter barred pattern along its spine and tail, again not one that I have seen before. Can anyone throw any light on this? Les Harris
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Grant 6 January, 2014 11:46
I live in melton victoria and often find a chocolate brown coloured gecko here and have caught marbled geckos before which are clearly different i did some book research and discovered there is also a wood and a stone gecko found in victoria nobody seems to recognise
de 13 April, 2011 00:05
I absolutely love geckos and one just dropped off my sliding door inside my house and my cat seen it. The gecko went under my lounge, didnt want to leave him.accidently hurt him while moving lounge cant believe it so sad:(:(
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Discovery Centre 13 April, 2011 11:22

Hi Ian, unfortunately we cannot confirm an identification without a photograph or specimen, our Herpetologist informs us that the Marbled Gecko is the only native species of gecko in the Melbourne/Werribee region.

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Tyler 27 October, 2014 19:39
I have two pet marbled geckos they both live in the same tank but one of them, still has half of his shedding skin that is stuck to him and its affecting his movement. He doesn't look to well so I have put him in a small, damp container is there anything I can do to make it come off easier? Thanks.
Eve 24 April, 2011 18:40
We just had one dash into our house in Reservoir. I'm now trying to usher it out, so it doesn't get patted or squeezed to death by my enthusiastic 5 year old. It already shed it's tail when he moved something to get a closer look... :-(
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Brian 4 September, 2011 22:47
I've just seen a marbled gecko in my garden in Ashburton. I saw one a few years ago on the roof of my deck. I was amazed that Geckos can live in Melbourne - before I looked it up.
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Sean 24 September, 2011 18:26
I have 3 marbled geckos as pets. I never thought I'd find them in my garage and keep them as pets. They love to eat crickets.
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Andy 29 October, 2011 21:06
We have just found a Marbled Gecko living in a cardboard box in our Garage in Croydon South Victoria.
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Jazz 10 November, 2011 16:35
Hey, my Mum recently found what I believe to be a marbled gecko in her backyard. She lives in Knoxfield, Vic. She was so excited.
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Peter 24 November, 2011 16:18
Just found a pair of Marbled geckos on my front verandah in Albert Park. We had some in nearby St Vincent gardens a few years ago, under a seat, so they seem reasonably well established around here.
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Graham Lees 1 December, 2011 23:40
I have painted a picture of one. It is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tram_painter/6417141159
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jo 13 December, 2011 13:08
could someone please advise the best thing to put on tne bottom of an enclosure to house a marbled gecko. I was told sand was no good, but how about rocks or regular soil or tree bark?
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Discovery Centre 21 December, 2011 10:38

Hi Jo, we have asked the Live Exhibits Team and it seems that many reptile keepers house Marbled Geckos in sand and this has always been successful for breeding.  The only possible problem with sand is the threat of impaction but this has never been observed by Museum staff and we haven’t heard of a case like this in Marbled Geckos.  Remember that one end of the enclosure should be misted about every second or third day.

Jane and Charlotte and Maddy 20 December, 2011 18:49
We have found one in our letter box and one outside under a gum tree. It ran up Mum's arm when she picked it up and tried to move it off the lawn onto the garden.
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Will 6 January, 2012 07:16
I thought I saw a gippsland water dragon down by the Yarra near Eltham. Could they be so close to Melbourne?
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Discovery Centre 11 January, 2012 10:27

Will, concerning the possibility of a sighting of a Gippsland Water Dragon close to the Yarra River at Eltham.

In a publication called Melbourne’s Wild Life published by Museum Victoria , and which may be available at your local library, on pp 161 it mentions under Water Dragon that....

“The Eastern(physignathus l. Lesueurii) and the Gippsland Water Dragon (Phyignathus i. Howitti) ...have been introduced into the Melbourne area, and  visible populations have become established on the Yarra River, including sightings of Eastern Water Dragons at Studley  Park and Gippsland Water Dragons from the Yarra in Warrandyte.”

 We would say that your sighting near Eltham would be a distinct possibility.

 

Elizabeth 7 January, 2012 11:44
Have had two Marbled Gecko's in as many days living inside our house. In over 20 years of living in Altona Meadows have never seen them here before. One poor thing was in my ironing basket and I discovered it just in time before I put the iron on that item of clothing. Beautiful little things!!!!
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Sean 13 January, 2012 16:12
i've got a marbled gecko behind my hot water system what should i do?
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Discovery Centre 14 January, 2012 12:12
Hi Sean - you probably don't need to do anything. You can most likely leave it be; they are pretty resourceful and come and go as they please in areas that suit them for food, shelter and temperature.
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Discovery Centre 1 March, 2012 09:53
Hi Coco, if the gecko is a regular visitor to your window are you able to try and get some images and email them to discoverycentre@museum.vic.gov.au It is much easier for our Herpetologist to provide identifications with an image.
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David Miller 15 March, 2012 13:25
We woke this morning to find a Marbled Gecko trapped in our kitchen sink in inner city Ballarat. Having never seen one before in our local area, I can only assume it came in via the drain and maybe had a long journey to reach daylight. Is it common for these lizards to enter drains and pipes?
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Discovery Centre 15 March, 2012 15:48

Hi David,

It is more likely that it fell in from the wall or ceiling and couldn’t climb out of the sink. These geckoes are pretty common in suburban gardens and around houses. They are often seen hiding in door frames, fire wood and under pot plants. This more likely than coming up through the drain.

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